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How do I know what career to pursue ?

I may be having a favorite field but it might be the wrong choice in the surrounding. How do I decide now, I'm really confused and I'd love your help.

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Flora’s Answer

Jane, I wholeheartedly concur with Deborah's guidance. There's no definitive right or wrong way to discover the perfect career for you. Let your passion guide you and recognize your unique strengths. Build connections with individuals in the areas you're interested in, whether through volunteering or paid internships. Every experience you gain is a stepping stone towards your future. Don't hesitate to venture out and explore. View rejection as a detour, not a dead end. Keep an open mind and consider various fields. Listen to industry experts, but also cultivate your own thoughts before deciding on your path. Remember, a successful career isn't always about a prestigious title or hefty salary, but about your personal fulfillment and the positive impact you can make on society. Here's to a fruitful career and finding joy in whatever path you choose.
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deborah’s Answer

Hello Jane! If you have a passion for a specific career, then I suggest you pursue it. Try to explore the career before committing to preparing for it (training, college), to see if it is still attractive once you know more. Do some internet research, talk with people in the career to learn about what the job is like. There is no wrong or right choice. When I was in high school, I wanted to be a graphic designer. I pursued it...college, first job. Once I was in my career, I discovered other options, followed those interests, and did different related jobs in marketing. I am now a college professor in business. I would have never planned my career the way it went when I was in high school. When you finish high school/college, you are still exploring and figuring it out. Try not to put too much pressure on yourself whether you're making the right or wrong choice. You start somewhere and see where it goes. I hope my answer was helpful to you. Good luck with your decision.
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Kim’s Answer

Hi Jane
You have received excellent guidance from other mentors. I will just add one more idea for you to consider. When you evaluate various careers where you have interest, you may want to confirm that it aligns with your natural strengths. Often we (including me) are not even aware of what strengths we possess naturally. But, once they are revealed you will discover why certain opportunities are more appealing than others. You can gain these insights through an assessment. The resulting report is very beneficial to starting your career as well as to "check in" as your career takes different directions. My favorite is StrengthsFinder. But, I encourage you to do your own research and find one that best suits your needs.
My very best wishes for a successful career journey.
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Sebastián’s Answer

Hi Jane, your question is truly insightful and important. Remember, it's okay to take your time when making decisions. Life offers an endless array of choices and possibilities, so don't feel pressured to make a final decision right away. I've personally shifted my career path multiple times, adapting to my changing perceptions and personal growth. Always trust in your abilities and acquired skills; they'll be your guiding lights throughout your journey.

If you're looking to choose a career path, start with what engages and excites you, not necessarily what offers the highest income. As you progress in life, you'll find yourself yearning for work that ignites passion within you, not just a hefty paycheck. If passion is missing, you might often feel disheartened and question your decisions. Remember, money is a cycle and part of a financial system. You'll have periods of abundance and scarcity, so don't let money be the sole determinant of your career choice.

Next, consider if your chosen career will allow you to continue doing what you love in your free time. Your career doesn't have to be your hobby. For instance, you can work in construction and pursue fashion designing as a hobby or a side job. The beauty lies in the flexibility of choosing a career and a hobby. However, if your career aligns with your hobby or passion, that's wonderful too, as long as you maintain a balance between life, money, and time.

Lastly, have a clear vision of where you want your chosen career to take you or the level you aspire to reach. This clarity will guide you in setting achievable goals, understanding the prerequisites, and planning the timeline. For example, if you aspire to be a company president or CFO, research profiles of existing CFOs on LinkedIn to understand the average time it took them to reach that level. This will help you create your own roadmap.

Keep moving forward, and don't let discouragement slow you down. Life has its ups and downs, but the view from the top is always worth it!
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Vandana’s Answer

Hello Jane,

Feeling uncertain about choosing a career path is a common experience, and it's absolutely okay to not have all the answers right now. Many individuals navigate their way through life, building their careers as they go along, yet they may not always find passion in their work. The journey to discover your true calling may seem daunting, but remember, we live in a world abundant with resources and guidance to help you through this process.

I encourage you to start by identifying activities that you enjoy. Consider if there's a profession that aligns with these interests. Once you've identified a potential career, delve deeper into it. Use the internet for research, seek advice from parents, family friends in the same field, career counselors, or even online forums. Ask questions to gain a better understanding of what it's like to work in that profession. If it still appeals to you, pursue relevant courses that will equip you for that career.

Remember, the goal is to find something you're truly passionate about, something that will make your career not just a job, but a source of joy and fulfillment. Here's to you discovering your passion and building an incredible career out of it! Sending you all my best wishes!
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Rebecca’s Answer

Thank you for your question. Many students have similar question. You better find out what careers you have interest.
Below are my suggestions :
1. Think about what you have interest, e.g. your hobbies, favourite subjects, etc. and identify the related careers
E.g. if you like music, would you like to be a musician, singer, musical artist, music composer, music producer, etc.
If you have interest in maths, would you like to be an accountant, engineer, banker, financial analyst, maths teacher, etc.
2. Find out more on these careers and determine what you have interest
3. Speak to someone who are working in these careers. Seek guidance from your mentor, school career counsellor, your parents, etc.
4. Shortlist 1-2 careers you would like to pursue
5. Explore the entry criteria of relevant subjects in the college
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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Jenny’s Answer

Hello Jane, chase your dreams and select a career that truly ignites your passion and interest for the long haul. This will ensure that you approach each day at work with a fresh and enthusiastic mindset, as if it were your first day. On the contrary, choosing a career that doesn't align with your interests could make every day feel stressful. Here's wishing you immense success in your chosen career and all future endeavors.
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